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*Editor's Note: Beemer's answers will not be published.
District 5 Commission candidate Kevinn Beemer was offered the opportunity to respond to the same questions asked of each candidate in all of the Osceola County commission district races. Each candidate in all of the races, (including prosecutor and sheriff), was asked identical questions, given a response deadline, and informed by project coordinator Sarah Neubecker that in order to be balanced and fair, every individual answer would be limited to 150 words. Candidate Beemer responded with two question answers falling within the guidelines, but one over the 150 word limit. He was then asked to edit his answer to fit the limit determined for all candidates in the communication sent them in preparation for this project. Two other candidates also exceeded the word limitations, and when contacted agreed to self-edit their responses - which they did. Beemer suggested that since two of his answers fell below the word limitations he should be allowed to ‘mitigate’ words from the answers that were short, to the answer that was too long. That was not what was requested of each candidate, nor was that option requested by or offered to any candidate. Instead, Beemer, responded: “Due to the fact that the other two answers are shorter, and limiting answers to 150 words, I’m sure that there will be ample room for my response. If your editor doesn’t like my responses or wants to change my answers, I’d prefer that you eliminate all three of my responses in their entirety.” With respect to Candidate Beemer’s request, and in fairness to all those who kept their responses to the declared word limit, the editorial team will fulfill his demand and will not publish his responses.